Have you attempted to teach fractions to an unwilling or unmotivated student? Are you frustrated with trying to figure out a way to help your child understand the concept of how a whole can have "parts"? As members of The TOS Crew, we have received Master Fraction and the Marvels of Measurement poster created by Master Innovations, LLC. Master Fraction allows you and your student to apply the concept of fractions to hands on - instead of just on paper. By using the manipulatives, the student can actually see a whole object become parts. The workbook draws from ideas or experiences that your student may have had: sharing lunch with someone, cutting a pizza into pieces for his family, creating a garden. This allows your student to think of an actual event instead of just look at a one dimensional picture. The Marvel of Measurements Poster offers common measurements in picture.
About Master Innovations
: Their initial goal was to ensure that "each child in the classroom should own a Master Ruler". With the success of this goal, Master Innovations has strived to create additional manipulatives that the student can use to enhance their math learning experience. Currently, Master Innovations offers Master Ruler
, Master Clock
, Master Fractions
, Master Angle
, & Marvel of Measurements
Poster. They are located in NJ and can be easily contacted by phone (908-859-1788) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org
About Master Fraction: Master Fraction comes as a set of 3 transparent overlay units (books). Each unit has a white base with whole shapes printed: 2 circles, a square, and a rectangle. There are then transparent overlays that can be placed over the base to demonstrate the fraction. The 3 units are:
~~Master Fraction 2: whole, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16
~~Master Fraction 3: whole, 1/3, 1/6, 1/12
~~Master Fraction 5: whole, 1/5, 1/10, 1/20
Each unit also offers fractions, decimals, percents, and equivalents printed on the back. The overlays can be written on with a dry erase marker which allows the student (or teacher) to color in a fraction to compare. The following video shows a Master Fraction demonstration.
About The Marvels Of Measurement Poster:
This poster is HUGE :-)
It lists measurements in fun, creative ways for the student to understand. Length in inches is demonstrated with examples of a finger, button, ldaybug, pencil tip, and flea in comparison. The items are measured with fractions of an inch. A very practical way for a student to visualize fractions. The poster also has capacity, weight, and distance listed, with equally enteraining pictures. Having this poster in your home will be fun as well as educational. It even can help in the kitchen (1 gallon is broken down into 1/2 gallon, quarts, pints, and cups). You can watch a video about the poster here
What We Thought:
We liked these products. They were fun to use and offered a neat method to studying fractions. My daughter (11th grade) liked them, too. She said that they helped her remember a little better. My son (5th grade) said didn't want to like it because it was schoolwork, lol. He really did like it, though. I could see that the manipulatives helped him have a better grasp of wholes, parts, and equivalents. He liked being able to color on the units, too, applying questions to the manipulative. The units appear to be quite sturdy, too. They are not flimsy and the "binding" is 5 tubular pieces that hold is together well. How To Buy
: You can purchase Master Fraction
overlays for just $17.95. You can add the Master Fraction Workbook for $15.95. The Marvels of Measurement Poster
is only $10.00. Each of these items would be a wonderful addition to your homeschool classroom. They make learning fractions fun and interesting.
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And remember: I received this product free as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew with sole purpose to provide an honest review after using the product. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer